Five new year’s resolutions for human resources
The majority of us don’t even pause to ponder the question of whether or not we should be making personal New Year’s resolutions, but have you ever considered making some at work too?
We’re slightly biased, of course, but human resources resolutions are a great place to start. Best of all, even the smallest of changes in this area can have the greatest of impacts.
If making human resources resolutions for 2011, it is paramount to pay attention to the trends that have developed through 2010. With this mind we would like to share with some suggestions that are certainly crossing our mind for the upcoming year:
Do not forget that the labour shortage is far from over
The past couple of years are just a blip in time with respect to the labour shortage. The recent recession has just temporarily hidden the reality of the labour shortage in our society. Increased demand for top performers is going to hit much quicker than most people think. Companies need to establish HR programs to attract and retain top talent now before the well runs dry. Companies that are not proactive now will be behind the eight ball when the true reality of the labour shortage hits again.
Social networking cannot be ignored
As the labour shortage approaches, companies that can incorporate social media tools into their recruiting practices will have a huge advantage versus those that don’t. From an internal perspective companies need to develop internal social media policies and procedures to help guide employees as to how to use these tools appropriately (misuse can be very harmful to a company’s reputation – anyone remember “Dell Hell”?).
I need to pay more attention to the mixture of generations amongst my employees
Becoming an expert in juggling the complexity of managing multi-generational organizations is vital for employee morale, engagement and retention. Companies that hold regular training sessions dedicated to understanding the differences between generations and what makes each one tick will find their turnover rate to be much lower than those companies that don’t recognize the complexity of managing a multi-generational staff.
I will take a more proactive approach when it comes to employee wellness
A recent study has shown that 75% of employer costs in respect to sick time and overall absenteeism comes directly from employee lifestyle choices. If you can educate your employees to make better choices then you can reduce costs and loss in productivity associated with employee absenteeism. Wellness programs continue to grow in popularity and importance, and emphasize work life balance issues to maintain the overall wellbeing of the employee.
Make your work environment pet friendly
Wherever possible make your work environment pet friendly. Having a pet in the office reduces stress and is good for employee morale, both of which are directly linked to higher productivity.
If you want to know how to set successful New Year’s resolutions for 2011, catch Cori Maedel live on City TV’s Breakfast Television this New Year’s Eve (December 31st), between 7am and 9am.